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Mid-America Transplant Services opened in December the Family House, a 10-apartment wing of The Lofts at the Highlands. It was dedicated to longtime board member and Donor Family, Bob and Marge Murphy, and offers comfortable, safe and affordable housing for pre- and post-transplant patients who must locate to St. Louis to be near their transplant center hospital.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis was one of two Missouri hospitals recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association with a Donate Life Award for its exceptional leadership in raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Jean Day was attending a seminar at Mid-America Transplant Services when she first learned of hospitals raising and flying Donate Life flags. The Director of Emergency Services at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Illinois considered her facility’s campus and was inspired to raise a Donate Life flag there.
In working with 120 hospitals, Mid-America Transplant Services is proud to recognize the efforts of our hospital partners. In recent years, many of our partners have started donor councils, groups designed to educate staff and the public, and ensure every family is given the opportunity to donate their loved one’s organs and tissue. While the constant in each example below is the passionate people behind the donor council, these examples show how different models, goals and approaches can be successful. We’re excited to share their best practices.
When Sarah Tuley was four years old and in need of a cornea transplant because a virus took her vision, her grandmother gave her a little baby doll to overcome her fear of surgery. Now a 19-year-old college freshman, she is sharing her message of encouragement, hope and comfort with “Life Bears.”
Through the generosity of donor families, MTS unites with physicians, nurses, and other partners to save more lives in our communities. This selfless act inspires the staff of MTS, and compels us to create a meaningful donation experience for all potential and actual donor families.
Over the past several years MTS has charted a steady course for excellence. By the generosity of donor families, and through the dedication of our staff and the many physicians, nurses, and partners, we continue our journey in 2011 to save even more lives.
Hospitals in the MTS region found creative ways to spread awareness of the benefits of organ and tissue donation during Donate Life month in April.
“Visibility helps jumpstart the conversation.” Peggy Wobbema, a Chaplain in the Pastoral Care Department at CoxHealth South in Springfield, talks passionately about raising a Donate Life flag in front of her hospital. “It’s there every day, right under our hospital flag,” she says. “What I want the community to ask themselves every time they see the flag is, ‘Am I signed up?’ and ‘What do I believe about organ and tissue donation?’ It’s a daily chance to trigger thoughts and questions about the process and benefits of donation.”